Where Are All The People & the Book Thief

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Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

 

 

My friend Jane invited me to explore Black Friday at the Shops of Highland Village and I went along for the ride. Local media was consistently bringing up news about Black Friday and the local advertising was intensely aggressive.

 

Jane picked me up before 7 a.m. and my local community looked like a ghost town at that hour of the day. Shops were still closed and the only thing opened was Star Bucks. Yes! There were a few people sitting at their tables with their lap tops, sipping their usual beverages. Jane and I ordered the festive ones posted on the daily board! That got the sales girl singing and I chimed in... Nobody at the tables paid attention to us.

 

We went on to Jane's favorite store that was SUPPOSE to open at 7 A.M. It was closed but the clerk inside did not acknowledge our presence outside the glass window door. She looked like a manikin folding clothes...

 

Home Goods was open. Aisles were clear to roam without elbows, knees or toes of strangers. Hmmm. Where are all the people? I bought a pillow for my granddaughter. I had to wait for the Cashier to get a price on the pillow. I asked him, "Where are all the people?" He said, you're my first shopper. As the other shops began to open, sleepy eyed shoppers shopped.

 

It wasn't until nearly noon that we spotted a large crowd of people. They were at the Movie Theater. We decided to see THE BOOK THIEF - an excellent movie, by the way. It's not your typical Holiday movie, but it was impactful. The story was about a young girl named Liesel whose family life was broken during WWII and she came to live with a family in Germany.

 

In my opinion, THE BOOK THIEF was one of the greatest stories ever told in my lifetime about courage, fitting into society when all the odds are against you, government and what they can do to the people and their country, and most of all survival, love, and learning to know the right people who  can be trusted.

 

In sum, the movie THE BOOK THIEF reminded me of how lucky we can be with the right mindset and attitude about the life we are given. It also prompted me to wonder, should secrets be kept secret? For me, it was the PERFECT movie to reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving.

 

©Patricia Feager 11/30/2013

 

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Will Hamm
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Hello Patricia,  I avoid Black Friday by staying up in a cabin with friends in Steamboat Springs but this year had to leave yesterday morning to head back to Denver to present 2 contracts by 5 p.m.  Oh well, make money is the name of the game.

Nov 30, 2013 12:56 AM #5
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Will - I'm glad you got to spend time at the cabin with friends. I think that it's important to be with friends as often as time permits. My friend and I both recently had different types of serious surgeries. My friendship with Jane and her husband goes back to my beginning of time in Flower Mound. This was the first time we shared the experience of Black Friday and we made it cheerful and meaningful. Being with a friend is a blessed event no matter where you're at or what you do.

Congrats on your continued success. I spent the two days before Thursday, Thanksgiving day working on an offer and negotiating terms. The day I came home from the the hospital I was showing properties - my clients had to drive me, but I did my job. A good Realtor goes about their business. A great one doesn't let holidays or personal problems interfere with the nature of business.

Nov 30, 2013 01:14 AM #6
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
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Patricia,

 Thanks you have made me decide to see the movie. I am a WWII history buff! I did my shopping online on Friday and have spent time with family and friends. Thank you for the lovely Thanksgiving wishes. I hope yours was wonderful and I think you are one of the best reasons to be on Active Rain! Have a great weekend!

Nov 30, 2013 01:40 AM #7
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Patricia   My grand daughter and I went to see The Book Thief  on Thanksgiving eve  we loved it too!

Nov 30, 2013 02:09 AM #8
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Joanna Cohlan
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Hi Patricia, first, I hope you had a wonderful weekend with friends and family.  Second, I read The Book Thief and I look forward to seeing the film-really loved the book. I also recommend Nebraska, if you want to see a great film!

Nov 30, 2013 02:40 AM #9
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Hi Patricia,

Sounds like you found the perfect way to celebrate the meaning of Thanksgiving..I'm going to have to get the book..sounds like a good one! Enjoy your week-end!

Nov 30, 2013 02:59 AM #10
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Patricia,

What a story, Ron and I were wondering what happened in terms of results for Black Friday.  Usually our WSJ feed would tell us, and we have not seen any reports.

Thanks for reviewing the Book Thief, we will put it on the list. A

Nov 30, 2013 03:19 AM #11
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Hi Patricia, I really want to see that movie, Hannah posted a trailer about it on her blog, it looks like an amazing film.  I never have time to get to the movies but I do want to see it as soon as I can.  I also suspect that Black Friday is most noticed at the big chain stores with all their doorbuster bargains and lost leaders to get people in as opposed to the more mom and pop local stores.  Just my thought anyway since I am not a Black Friday shopper.

Nov 30, 2013 05:09 AM #12
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Hi Yolanda - Thank you for always being YOU! I am thankful for getting to know you and so many others here on ActiveRain. I may be prejudiced; however, I think the greatest people in the Real Estate industry subscribe to ActiveRain and actively support each other. I didn't know you were a WWII history buff - that's terrific! Unlike The Diary of Anne Frank this story goes deeper into a different level of history all together. Let me know what you think of it after you see it. I'd be interested in hearing what you have to say. Thanks Yolanda. 

Nov 30, 2013 07:26 AM #13
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Hannah - I would see it again, wouldn't you?

Nov 30, 2013 07:26 AM #14
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Hi Joanna! Thank you for hoping I had a good Thanksgiving. I did get to speak to my son on the telephone and I had dinner with former clients who became true friends. They invited me over for Thanksgiving dinner. I was their only guest and they feel that they wouldn't have such a nice house if it wasn't for me. They are cherished friends of mine for now and forever.

My friend Jane picked out the movie. I didn't know what to expect. Now I want to read the book and see the movie again! Thanks for recommending Nebraska. This one is on my list and if you say it's a good one, I believe it! You are someone I trust.

Nov 30, 2013 07:31 AM #15
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Dorie - You're right! I'm not a shopper; more an observer. This was a good experience for me and I highly recommend the movie too. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with your family!

Nov 30, 2013 07:47 AM #16
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Ron & Alexandra - I haven't heard any results either. My guess is something will be disclosed after the weekend is over. In my opinion, I didn't see any bargains at all and if I need to make a purchase, I'm very selective. Shopping with trusty friend made the experience more interesting.

Nov 30, 2013 07:49 AM #17
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Patricia, I didn't leave the house yesterday so I don't know what it was like out there. I'm surprised not more shoppers were out in your area. The movie sounds interesting, something with a little more substance, I think I would like that as well.
Nov 30, 2013 08:04 AM #18
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Scott - Since I'm not a shopper and never got into shopping for presents the day after Thanksgiving before, I would bet you're right about big mall shoppers versus small mom/pop shops in local communities. As Realtors, we are always encouraging others to shop locally and when I do need to shop, I stay local.

I'm glad Hannah posted the Trailer on her post this morning. When I got up very early this morning the movie was still on my mind and that's what inspired me to write up around 8 a.m. today. If you do see the movie, I hope you enjoy it and it becomes as important to you as it did to me.

Nov 30, 2013 08:07 AM #19
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Looks like we will have to see this movie.

Thanks for your review. Enjoy the weekend!

Nov 30, 2013 08:23 AM #20
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My daughter loves The Book Thief. She wants me to read it. I'll get around to it. I did just finish a book today. Sarah's Key. Great story between WWII and present day.

I think all the people you were looking for were at Walmart and Target. I avoided the stores today and went into the office instead. I don't need anymore stuff, and my Christmas list is small this year.

Nov 30, 2013 09:16 AM #21
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Kathleen Daniels
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Patricia, It sounds like you had a wonderful day. The Book Thief is one movie that intrigues me enough to go see it.  I am not sure of the context of your statement “should secrets be kept secret” but I do know that if we don’t want anyone to know something we tell no one.  I have a few “secrets” that I do believe I will take to my grave. They were told to me in confidence by people who trusted me to keep it a secret. 

 

Dec 01, 2013 12:22 AM #22
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Roy Kelley
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As you recommended, Dolores and I went to see the movie today. And, we recommend it to others.

Dec 01, 2013 10:03 AM #23
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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We are not movie people...I think it's due to a short attention  span...now the shopping...that is something of interest....and having a store all to yourself...nirvana !

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